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Blooding at Great Meadows: Young Washington and the Battle that Shaped the Man
By Alan Axelrod. ISBN-13: 978-0-7624-2769-7. Copyright 2007. Hardcover with 270 pages including index.
In 1754, Washington’s defeat at Pennsylvania’s Great Meadows was the spark that launched the French and Indian War. He was a 22 year old Virginia lieutenant colonel who led 400 American militiamen to fight a far more experienced French army. His youthful inexperience and tactical blunders lost the battle, but ultimately shaped the leader he would become.